GB women beat Canada for U25 wheelchair basketball bronze

Helen Freeman
Freeman used her Paralympic experience to good effect

Great Britain's women took bronze at the inaugural Under-25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships after a 62-42 win over Canada.

The result is a boost for the GB team as they prepare for September's European Championships in Israel.

Beijing Paralympian Helen Freeman, who is also a key figure on the senior team, led the way with 28 points.

The efforts of Freeman and fellow senior international Amy Conroy helped GB control the game.

They led 26-18 at the break with the offensive power of Freeman and Conroy backed up by some strong defensive pressure from Laurie Williams, Debee Steel and Natasha Davies.

GB maintained their composure after the break and outscored and outrebounded the hosts, with Freeman netting a string of free throws as the Canadians committed a succession of fouls to try to stop the clock.

"I'm understandably very proud of the team," said coach Jen Browning.

"It has been a remarkable improvement over the last 12 months from all the players and bringing home a bronze medal is testament to this."

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